Alpha Phi Omega began at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Frank Reed Horton had a vision of a college organization that would strengthen men in the ideals of the boy scouts and give them an opportunity for leadership experience and for service to others.
Fourteen undergraduates signed on as charter members and Alpha Phi Omega became an officially recognized organization on December 16, 1925. In 1976 Alpha Phi Omega became co-ed and accepted its first female members.
Since its founding, APO had grown worldwide with chapters across the nation as well as in Australia, the Philippines, and Canada.
The Eta Lambda chapter here at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire was founded in 1949.
Alpha Phi Omega is characterized by its many traditions and symbols.